Creating Space for Your Soul to Breathe...

Where Pigment, Page and Purpose Meet.

I'm


Michele,

Lover of open roads, blank pages, and wild spaces. Wandering along shorelines and through forests feeds my soul.

I'm a watercolor mixed media fine artist and author dedicated to creating tangible encouragement you can hang on your walls and hold in your heart.

I paint gentle impressionistic landscapes and lyrical abstracts that explore the connections between empathy and experience, moment and metaphor,  pigment and prose; all grounded in nature, intuition, and the beauty of our unfolding stories.

Most often, you'll find me in my studio in northeast Florida with a paintbrush in one hand, coffee in the other, and the world's finest Chief Cuddle Officer curled up by my side.

Art is so much more than paint and paper. It holds in its core the power to change the way we see the world around us, and ourselves in it.

To create open, honest, vulnerable spaces of connection that give language to our deepest emotions.

To remind us even our most broken places can be fused with gold. To show us we are worthy of being seen, significant and celebrated.

I spent 20+ years in the international nonprofit world leading regional projects on 3 continents.  

I've seen firsthand the power storytelling and creativity has to bring healing, change narratives, and elevate the voices of those living in some of the world's most marginalized and conflict-torn places.

 Here are some of the places and people I hope to serve through mine.


CURRENT COLLECTIONS & CAUSES COMING SOON.

The Stories We Tell Ourselves & Each Other Can Change Everything

Passionately painting places for your soul to breathe and writing words that forge connection, courage, and creativity.

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Fellow Creative Entrepreneurs...

Finally. Business Resources for Those of Us More Comfortable with Color Charts Than Calculators

I'm taking my 30+ years of creative business and leadership experience to develop artful, wholehearted resources designed specifically for the needs of today's creatives.

 Think MBA-level business strategy meets your favorite artist's sketchbook. You can find the latest resources in in the STRONG Shop.

Take Me There

These core values are how I do life and business:

Cultivating Strong Roots

Embrace Wonder.
Live Generously.
Create Courageously. 
Connect Intentionally.
Encourage Artfully.


Things Only My
Friends Know

I Think Coffee Deserves Food Group Status

Come on now, you know it does.

While I love a good vanilla latte, my go to is a freshly ground pour-over served light. There's a reason my dad wanted to know if I'd like some coffee with my milk.

I Have 2/3rds of an MBA

Yep. I'm an MBA dropout. Day 1, I asked my accounting prof if I could color the books instead of balancing them. Later, I left the program for not being entrepreneurial enough & moved to an African conflict zone to start and lead a project that served hundreds of at-risk children.

I've Spoken In-Person in 23 Countries 

My public speaking career got started early. I was nine when I gave my first speech to a room of 300 community leaders. It took me about 4 minutes to decide I loved it. So I majored in talking (*cough* communications) in my undergrad studies. 

I'm a Walking Nerd Alert

If I were independently wealthy, I'd get PhDs on repeat. Degrees are cool, but I just love learning that much. I have an MA in Organizational Leadership.  And yes, my hobby is learning.

I'm a TBI Survivor

A traumatic brain injury upended my world 4 years ago and rewired my brain in very unhelpful ways.  But even though the things that were my superpowers before, now are frustratingly difficult, I'm not giving up on stretching my brain so I can find my way forward and keep doing what I love. (Even if I have to do it differently.)

Running after what sets your soul on fire doesn't mean you have to run solo.

Brave Soul, You don't have to Do This alone.  i'm cheering you on.

@dmicheleperry

Running after what sets your soul on fire doesn't have to be a lonely journey.

Brave Soul, You don't have to Do This alone.  i'm cheering you on.

@dmicheleperry